Nursing is important to me because of its many benefits, aside from saving TONS of money on formula. Breastfeeding is said to provide infants with antibodies that reduce illness. Brown University studies also found that nursing displayed improved brain development. As I am trying to create a mini female version of Bill Gates I decided to give breastfeeding another chance.
Now I’m going, to be honest. Breastfeeding is hard! Between the pain and time-consuming practice, it is easy to get discouraged. I came up with some tips to help make breastfeeding a little more manageable. I’m not a lactation specialist. I’m just a mom who asked other moms for advice and I write about my personal successes.
My milk supply came in within the average 3 to 5 days however, I was only pumping about 2-3 oz every 3 hours. After talking to another mother, she suggested I try Oatmeal Cookies. Within a matter of hours, I noticed I was able to pump anywhere from 3oz to 4oz per breast. I found a wonderful and delicious recipe online.
OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP LACTATION COOKIES BY NOEL TRUJILLO
READY IN: 27mins
· 1 cup butter
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
· 4 tablespoons water
· 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
· 2 eggs
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· 3 cups flour
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 3 cups oats
· 1 cup chocolate chips
· 2 -4 tablespoons brewer's yeast
Continuing with milk supply, my doctor informed me that it is important to stay hydrated with lots of fluids. Although it isn’t proven that an increase in fluids helps milk supply, keep in mind that breast milk is about 87% water. I find drinking water all around helps with my energy.
Keep your baby close! I noticed my breast will start to produce milk and even leek as soon as I pick either one of my children up. Pumping shorty after ensures a personal higher milk production rate.
Please feel free to comment with any additional tips you might have to help breastfeeding mothers.
Juanita C. Clare
Just a new mother to an amazing little boy learning things as we grow.